Redman ‘Dare Iz A Darkside’ 25th Anniversary

Release date: 22nd November 1994

Label: Def Jam

Producers: Erick Sermon, Reggie Noble, Rockwilder

Profile (courtesy of Wikipedia):

“Dare Iz a Darkside is the second studio album by American rapper Redman. It was released on November 22, 1994, by Def Jam Recordings. The album debuted at 13 on the US Billboard 200. In January 1995, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), exceeding the sales of 500,000 copies in the United States. The album cover features Redman buried in the ground up to his neck, a reference to the cover of Funkadelic’s 1971 album Maggot Brain. In addition, the song “Cosmic Slop” shares its name with a 1973 Funkadelic album.

In 2010, Redman told Vibe Magazine that he never performed any songs from Dare Iz A Darkside in recent years - primarily due to the album being made during one of the dark times in his life. The positive reaction to the album stunned Redman, who said “I was doing a lot of drugs on Dare Iz A Darkside. I have chicks that come up to me and say, ‘Yo, Dare Iz A Darkside is my favorite fuckin’ album, ever.’ I swear, I have not played Dare Iz A Darkside damn near since I did it. Seriously! I was so lost, I was so fucked up during that album”.”

Additional info:

- The album comes in at #18 on Ego Trip’s Top 25 Rap Albums of 1994.

- The singles ‘Rockafella (Remix)’ and ‘Can’t Wait’ come in at #26 and #27 on Ego Trip’s Top 40 Rap Singles of 1994.

- Listen to samples used in the making of the album on WhoSampled.

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